Little heaven called Ambury Park

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Spring is finally here! Days are longer, temperatures are higher, grass is greener and people are somehow happier. I really love this time of the year here in New Zealand especially because the camping season is just around the corner and I can’t wait to find another perfect spot for my tent.

While we are waiting for those long weekends we decided to spend Sunday in one of the Aucklands regional parks. Ambury Park is just half hour drive from our house and I don’t know how I didn’t discover it sooner! Part of this park is a working farm where everyone is welcome and everyone can wander around and mingle with the animals, part is a heaven for the birdwatchers because here is identified more than 86 species of birds, part is a huge picnic area where we enjoyed our first days of spring and part is the camping area where my tent will also find its place, just down there near the sea.

This day made me so happy. And who wouldn’t be happy here, in this little heaven called Ambury…

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This was just the beginning!

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It’s been more than a year since we arrived on the other side of the magnificent globe! Now I can say that working holiday in New Zealand was the dream that came true. Even though we came to this island without any strict plans somehow I knew that we will love it here. A bit more than a year after we landed, on the land of the long white cloud, we manage to extend our stay for three more years. Can you believe that!? There’s so much more to do and now with no rush I can plan our next travel steps…

Really good first year is behind us and no one knows what will be in the near future. But, that’s what makes life even more exciting, isn’t it? Seems that decision to quit the job back home, to pack the bags and to come here was just the beginning of the one in a life time adventure that will last hmmm….who knows for how long! If someone told me two years ago that I will live in New Zealand I would probably say “yeah right”. But here I’m, enjoying every second with the great people in this beautiful country.

Here are the travel highlights from the first 365 days. Time is flying so fast, feels like we arrived a few days ago…

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First morning looked like this….

In New Zealand we dicovered house sitting and our first few months here definitely belong to the best furry friends ever that we took care of!

There’s no place in the Auckland City that we didn’t explore…

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Our steps now can be found on the beaches all around North Island.

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Sun woke us up so many times in the past year…

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Enjoying summer in December is really wierd but it is also very easy to get used to it!

 

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Wandering through the bush….

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…around the islands….

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…and across so many bridges…

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…with the great people by our side…

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…made our first year in New Zealand unforgettable!!

I can’t even describe you how excited I’m about what is yet to come….

Stay tuned!!

Wai – O – Tapu: Real power of the earth!

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When you will be planning your trip to New Zealand I’m sure that geothermal city Rotorua will be the part of your itinerary. This small town in the Bay of Plenty region is part of the Volcanic Zone and it is something that you can’t see very often. That’s why we went there again – to make sure that we didn’t miss something last time when we visited Rotorua during our first road trip around New Zealand.

What you will find here is everything about Maori culture, hot natural pools, geysers and mud pools – real beauty of the nature. While walking around the lake Rotorua or through the steam of the Kuirau Park you will definitely see and feel the power of the earth. In this post I’ll take you to the Wai – O – Tapu Thermal Wonderland, place of the enchanting geothermal activity and unique volcanic features, just the show you how alive the earth really is…

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Beautiful day at the Little Shoal Bay!

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Sun, sea and paddle board – great combination for the perfect day out! With the Auckland CBD and Harbour Bridge in the background, Little Shoal Bay was the best place to try this exciting activity. We didn’t really plan paddle boarding, but one kind man who was on this beach with his family, came to us and offered us his equipment, so we give it a go. And, of course, we loved it! Now I have one more thing on my list – I want my own paddle board! 🙂

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